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1911

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2021

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Drawing, Temple of Curiosity

This is a Drawing. It was circle of Etienne-Louis Boullée. It is dated ca. 1790 and we acquired it in 1911. Its medium is pen and black ink, brush and brown wash, blue watercolor, graphite on off-white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Advisory Council. It is credited Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.

  • Drawing, A Classical Temple
  • pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, over black chalk on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-7161
  • Drawing, Section, Small Domed Building
  • pen and black ink, rose, brown and blue wash, black chalk on paper, with....
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-7160

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Drawing, Corinthian Capital
  • pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash on white laid paper, lined .
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-3388
  • Drawing, Stage Design, Palace Courtyard
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on white laid paper laid....
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-418

Its dimensions are

20.8 x 42.1 cm (8 3/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Watermark: D&C BLAUW

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, in frieze: TEMPLE DE LA CURIOSITE (the "U" is a rough correction)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Temple of Curiosity; Circle of Etienne-Louis Boullée (French, 1728–1799); France; pen and black ink, brush and brown wash, blue watercolor, graphite on off-white laid paper; 20.8 x 42.1 cm (8 3/16 x 16 9/16 in.) ; Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council; 1911-28-463

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